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Two Tesco workers drown in the River Avon after one has run into the water to help the other

Two men who drowned in the River Avon on Thursday have been identified as Tesco workers from Swindon on a day trip with friends.

Velly Sousa, 24, and Samuel Fernandez, 20, both drowned after Velly got stranded in the water.

Samuel went into the river to try to help his colleague in Bath, Somerset, but eventually also lost his life.

Both men were part of a group of colleagues from a Tesco in Swindon, Wiltshire who enjoyed a day out.

The emergency services were called just after 4 pm on Thursday.

Samuel Fernandez died after jumping into the water to save Velly Sousa

Velly Sousa was one of two Tesco workers from Swindon taken from the River Avon by police on Thursday

Velly Sousa was one of two Tesco workers from Swindon taken from the River Avon by police on Thursday

Velly Sousa, 24, (right) and Samuel Fernandez, 20, (left) drowned in the River Avon in Bath, Somerset on Thursday. The Tesco workers from Swindon had been on a day trip with friends

A friend of the victims, Luvson D’Costa, 29 visited the scene of the accident today and said, ‘I used to work with them, I was closer to Sam and Velley was more of a friend of a friend, but they were great guys.

“I know Sam was able to swim, I’m not sure about Velley. They didn’t drink or anything, it was just a tragic accident. ‘

He also said that he had only seen Samuel a few days earlier and that some of his friends had seen him the day he died.

The emergency services were called just after 4 pm on Thursday.

The rescue mission was led by Avon and Somerset Police, with Avon Fire & Rescue Service and the South Western Ambulance Service also present.

Two men, believed to be in their twenties, died after their bodies were pulled from the River Avon at Bathampton Mill on Wednesday afternoon (photo)

Two men, believed to be in their twenties, died after their bodies were pulled from the River Avon at Bathampton Mill on Wednesday afternoon (photo)

Two men, believed to be in their twenties, died after their bodies were pulled from the River Avon at Bathampton Mill on Wednesday afternoon (photo)

Reports say four people jumped in to help those who fell into the river, but the two men were pronounced dead on the spot after being pulled out of the water

Reports say four people jumped in to help those who fell into the river, but the two men were pronounced dead on the spot after being pulled out of the water

Reports say four people jumped in to help those who fell into the river, but the two men were pronounced dead on the spot after being pulled out of the water

According to ITV News, the two men were in their twenties and four people had jumped into the river in an attempt to save them.

After an extensive search by the rescue team, two men’s bodies were taken out of the water, with both men declared dead shortly after.

An Avon and Somerset police spokesman said, “We received a call at 4:12 pm from the ambulance service out of concern for people in the water at Toll Bridge Road in Bath.

Then, a rescue operation was led by Avon Fire and Rescue Service.

Two adult victims were rescued and transferred to the ambulance service. However, both men were pronounced dead on the spot.

“We don’t currently consider the circumstances surrounding the deaths suspicious. The dead are referred to the coroner. ‘

Avon Fire & Rescue Service was called on site along with Avon and Somerset Police (pictured) and the South West Ambulance Service

Avon Fire & Rescue Service was called on site along with Avon and Somerset Police (pictured) and the South West Ambulance Service

Avon Fire & Rescue Service was called on site along with Avon and Somerset Police (pictured) and the South West Ambulance Service

The two men were pronounced dead on the spot, while police are not currently treating the incident as suspicious

Reports saying that 11 ambulances, including an air ambulance (pictured), were called on Wednesday afternoon

Reports saying that 11 ambulances, including an air ambulance (pictured), were called on Wednesday afternoon

Reports saying that 11 ambulances, including an air ambulance (pictured), were called on Wednesday afternoon

According to Somerset Live, 11 ambulances – including an air ambulance – were called up for the incident on Toll Bridge Road, across the river from the Bathampton Mill.

A social media user, who bears the name ‘Ant’, tweeted that the Tolbrugweg was reopened on Wednesday just after 7 pm after the incident.

On May 19, ‘Ant’ also tweeted, ‘Toll Bridge Road is now increasingly dangerous to pedestrians. Cars drive at full speed, even though people are on both sides of the road to keep their distance. Clear increase in traffic. Man in a car weaving between pedestrians as if they were poles. ‘

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